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Old 10-18-2015, 08:49 PM   #1
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Diesel advice...

I'm in Ohio. I know there's a tow vehicle forum, but I also know XLR folks are smarter than the rest. I'll be storing the TT in non-heated indoor storage at our local fairgrounds. Cement floors and for some reason it never actually freezes inside the buildings. My wife, who is much smarter than I am, said why don't we store the F450 also since we only use it for towing the TT. Hmmmmm. Not a bad idea and only $35/month. However, is there anything I need to do to store it? Full tank of diesel? I can't put it on blocks or take the batteries out as they have the keys in case of emergency. I also can't use a trickle charger due to their insurance. They will charge/jump the batteries in the spring. So, anything I need to do?


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Old 10-18-2015, 08:57 PM   #2
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Diesel won't go bad quickly like gas. Fill the tank like you said to avoid condensation forming. Your batteries will drain. Can you stop in every 4-6 weeks to charge them? That would be of benefit without leaving a trickle charger on.
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Old 10-18-2015, 08:59 PM   #3
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I'm in Ohio. I know there's a tow vehicle forum, but I also know XLR folks are smarter than the rest. I'll be storing the TT in non-heated indoor storage at our local fairgrounds. Cement floors and for some reason it never actually freezes inside the buildings. My wife, who is much smarter than I am, said why don't we store the F450 also since we only use it for towing the TT. Hmmmmm. Not a bad idea and only $35/month. However, is there anything I need to do to store it? Full tank of diesel? I can't put it on blocks or take the batteries out as they have the keys in case of emergency. I also can't use a trickle charger due to their insurance. They will charge/jump the batteries in the spring. So, anything I need to do?



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My honest opinion is, find another storage for the truck.

If you are happy then I suggest a good treatment for the fuel.


https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=howes+diesel+treat

I would use the higher below 0 amount of 2 0z. per 5 gallons of fuel.
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A bit of fuel stabilizer will help too.


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My concern is the batteries will drain to a point what they will incur damage and prevent them from accepting a full charge. If there is a chance they will be starting it, you can not disconnect batteries which would help .
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Old 10-18-2015, 09:34 PM   #6
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Thanks all. I may be able to disconnect the batteries. I'll ask. And I may be able to stop down every month and drive it some. I'll ask that too.


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Diesel won't go bad quickly like gas. Fill the tank like you said to avoid condensation forming. Your batteries will drain. Can you stop in every 4-6 weeks to charge them? That would be of benefit without leaving a trickle charger on.
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BH,
Do you have a genny on the TH?
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BH,
Do you have a genny on the TH?

Not yet


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Well, I had another thought. I have one of those portable garages that has an aluminum tube frame and ripstop fabric top and sides. I do not have a block heater. Would it be better to keep the monster truck next to the house in the "garage" and run it every now and then through the winter? I would also be able to keep a trickle charger on it.

This is my first diesel in 45 years of vehicles, so I know what I don't know.

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